Captain Cook fails to save England

Tue, Nov 20, 2012, 00:00

Alastair Cook’s heroic resistance ended in empty anti-climax as England lost the first Test to India by nine wickets at the Sardar Patel Stadium.

The chances of a brave rearguard being commuted into a famous stalemate in this first match of four centred on Cook (176) and Matt Prior (91) on the final day.

But they could augment their combined defiance by only 16 more runs yesterday morning — and with their stand of 157 broken, England lost their last five wickets for only 50 in a lunchtime 406 all out.

India’s resulting target of 77 was then treated with near contempt by Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara, whose aggression put paid to England hopes.

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